November 30, 1977
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Division||Welterweight (170 lb)
Middleweight (185 lb)
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Fresno, California, United States|
|Team||Dethrone Base Camp
|Rank||Black Belt in Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling Champion|
|Years active||2004 – present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Josh D. Koscheck (born November 30, 1977) is an American mixed martial artist who fights at Welterweight for Bellator MMA. Koscheck made his debut with the UFC on the first season of the reality television show, The Ultimate Fighter and has fought for the company 25 times from 2005-2015.
Josh Koscheck began wrestling when he was five years old. He had been having a pause from sport since he was twelve but began it again when he became a teenager and became successful in collegiate wrestling, dating back to his years at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he attended the university on an athletic scholarship. In 2001, during his Junior season, Koscheck won all of his wrestling matches and went on to become the NCAA Division I Champion in the 174 lb weight class. In addition to being a four-time NCAA Division I All-American (placing 4th, 2nd, 1st and 3rd respectively), Koscheck is a three-time recipient of the PSAC Wrestler of the Year award and earned the Eastern Wrestling League Achievement Award twice. Koscheck earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Edinboro University. Koscheck spent a few months coaching at Erie Cathedral Prep and one and a half years as the assistant head wrestling coach at the University at Buffalo.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Koscheck appeared on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter as a middleweight fighter. He defeated Chris Leben via unanimous decision to advance to the semifinals, where he was defeated by Diego Sanchez via split decision. Koscheck had his first official UFC fight on April 9, 2005, at The Ultimate Finale, where he defeated Chris Sanford with a first-round KO. Koscheck followed this victory with another win at Ultimate Fight Night over UFC veteran Pete Spratt in Koscheck's debut at welterweight. Since then, Koscheck has amassed an additional three victories after experiencing his first career loss to Drew Fickett due to a rear naked choke. Koscheck then defeated Canadian welterweight standout Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 6 by submission due to strikes.
Koscheck was then scheduled to fight Diego Sanchez on April 7, 2007 at UFC 69. This was the second encounter between the two Welterweight fighters. The first fight – which did not count towards Koscheck's official record due to the bout being considered an exhibition match for The Ultimate Fighter television taping – resulted in a split decision win for Sanchez. At the weigh-ins for the event, Sanchez shoved Koscheck during the traditional post-weigh-in staredown. Although Sanchez continued to shout at Koscheck, no conflict ensued. In their fight, Koscheck defeated Sanchez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Koscheck outstruck Sanchez throughout all three rounds and only shot in for a takedown once. During his post-fight interview, Koscheck repeatedly exclaimed, "Nineteen-and-one," in reference to Sanchez' first mixed martial arts defeat (including the two fights from The Ultimate Fighter show). UFC President Dana White announced a few weeks after the fight that Diego Sanchez had an undiagnosed illness before and during the fight which turned out to be a serious staph infection.
On August 25, 2007, Koscheck was defeated by Georges St-Pierre at UFC 74 via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28). St-Pierre's wrestling skills were displayed during the match by outwrestling Koscheck, scoring takedowns, stuffing Koscheck's takedown attempts and maintaining top position throughout most of the fight. There was speculation before the fight that Koscheck would out-match St-Pierre on the ground due to his credentials, but St-Pierre was confident that he was a better wrestler and striker and was more well versed in submissions than Koscheck.
Koscheck then agreed to step in and fight Thiago Alves at UFC 90 on just 2 weeks notice due to an injury suffered by Diego Sanchez. Koscheck lost the fight via unanimous decision. Alves landed powerful leg kicks and managed to drop Koscheck more than once during the fight.
On December 10, 2008, Koscheck fought Yoshiyuki Yoshida in the main event at UFC: Fight for the Troops and won by KO in the first round by landing two devastating straight right punches to Yoshida's head. The Japanese fighter remained on the canvas, while being tended to by commission doctors and was removed from the Octagon on a stretcher as a precautionary measure. He was later treated and released from a local hospital for a concussion. Koscheck received $60,000 bonus from the UFC for Knockout of the Night.
Koscheck fought promotional newcomer Paulo Thiago at UFC 95. Koscheck was defeated by the debuting Brazilian via first-round KO. Thiago hit Koscheck squarely with a right uppercut and landed a left hook as Koscheck fell to the canvas in a stupor. After the bout was halted, Koscheck got up and argued that he was still alert and able to defend himself. Shortly after the stoppage, Koscheck was seen calmly offering his opinion of the stoppage to the referee: "Too early - just a little bit too early."
Koscheck was to fight Chris Wilson at UFC 98 but was forced to withdraw after suffering a foot injury in training. He returned at UFC 103 and defeated returning veteran Frank Trigg via TKO (punches) in the 1st round.
On November 21, 2009, Koscheck defeated Anthony Johnson by rear naked choke at 4:47 in the 2nd round. In the first round, Koscheck blocked a knee aimed at his head while he had two knees on the ground. Koscheck went to the ground holding his face, prompting the referee to step in and deduct a point from Johnson. Commentators accused Koscheck of faking the impact of the knee, which seemed to miss Koscheck's face on the replays. Koscheck has said in multiple interviews that he was reacting to an eye poke, not the knee. In round two, Koscheck poked Johnson in the eye twice leading to Johnson being given time to recover. Because of this, many fans think due to the controversy in both rounds between the fighters, it should've been declared a No Contest. In his post fight interview, he called out Dan Hardy, the #1 contender in the Welterweight Division.
Koscheck then signed to fight Paul Daley at UFC 113 in Montreal. Though he faked another illegal knee impact similar to the Johnson fight, Koscheck used his wrestling to earn a unanimous decision victory. After the final bell and the fighters had been separated by the referee, Daley threw a punch at Koscheck, hitting him in the face. In an interview at the conclusion of the event, Dana White announced that Daley would never fight in the UFC again. White was quoted as saying, "He will never come back, I do not care if he's the best 170-pounder in the world. He's never coming back here. There's no excuse for that. You never hit a guy like that after the bell." Via Twitter, Koscheck expressed a desire to face Tito Ortiz at a catchweight after his fight with Daley, in large part because Ortiz poked fun at Mark Coleman after he was defeated at UFC 109.
In 2010, Koscheck was a coach on The Ultimate Fighter season 12. The season 12 finale aired on December 4, 2010 with the main event consisting of two fighters (Michael Johnson and Jonathan Brookins) from team Georges St-Pierre.
Koscheck faced Georges St-Pierre at UFC 124 for the UFC Welterweight Championship. UFC 124 was heavily hyped due to Josh's well known animosity towards St-Pierre, stemming from his loss by decision in their fight at UFC 74. St Pierre utilized his left jab effectively in the bout, winning all rounds to defeat Koscheck 50-45 by unanimous decision.
Koscheck suffered a broken orbital bone on the right side of his face during the fight with St-Pierre. Unable to fly because of air pockets that formed around Koscheck's right eye, the UFC arranged for him and his trainer to drive to Boston where Koscheck received the corrective surgery.
Koscheck was expected to face Carlos Condit on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143. However, on December 7, 2011, it was revealed Georges St-Pierre had sustained ACL injury to his left knee and the injury would sideline him for around ten months, forcing him out of his scheduled bout with Nick Diaz. Condit and Diaz faced each other at the event with the winner crowned interim UFC Welterweight Champion, while Koscheck faced Mike Pierce at the event. He won the fight via split decision.
Koscheck faced returning veteran Robbie Lawler on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Despite being able to take down Lawler several times during the fight, Koscheck lost by TKO after being rocked by a knee to the head while shooting for a takedown, then finished with punches on the ground by Lawler at 3:57 on the 1st round.
Koscheck was briefly linked to a bout with Neil Magny at UFC 184 on February 28, 2015. However, the pairing was cancelled and Koscheck instead faced Jake Ellenberger at the event. Koscheck lost the fight via submission in the second round.
Just 21 days after his loss to Ellenberger, Koscheck replaced an injured Ben Saunders to face Erick Silva on March 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62. Koscheck lost the fight by submission in the first round.
On June 26, 2015, it was announced that Koscheck signed a multi-year deal with Bellator MMA. Koscheck was set to make his debut against Fellow welterweight Matthew Secor on January 29, 2016 in his home town of Fresno California and was set to also be the main event.
It was announced on January 31, 2017, that Koscheck's previously delayed Bellator debut would take place at Bellator 172 on February 18, 2017 against Mauricio Alonso. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.
Championships and awards
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- NCAA Division I All-American out of Edinboro University (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
- NCAA Division I 174 1b - 4th place out of Edinboro University (1999)
- NCAA Division I 174 1b - Runner-up out of Edinboro University (2000)
- NCAA Division I 174 1b - Champion out of Edinboro University (2001)
- NCAA Division I 174 1b - 3rd place out of Edinboro University (2002)
- As a senior at Waynesburg Central High School, Koscheck finished second in the 1997 Pennsylvania State Wrestling Championships. In 2001, he went 42-0 and was the NCAA Division I National Champion in the 174-pound weight class. Koscheck was also a four-time Division I All-American (4th, 2nd, 1st, and 3rd) and the 11th four-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Champion. He was honored as the PSAC Wrestler of the Year three times and was twice named the Eastern Wrestling League Wrestler of the Year.
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||17 wins||11 losses|
|Loss||17–11||Mauricio Alonso||TKO (punches)||Bellator 172||February 18, 2017||1||4:42||San Jose, California, United States|
|Loss||17–10||Erick Silva||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare||March 21, 2015||1||4:21||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||17–9||Jake Ellenberger||Submission (north-south choke)||UFC 184||February 28, 2015||2||4:20||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||17–8||Tyron Woodley||KO (punches)||UFC 167||November 16, 2013||1||4:38||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||17–7||Robbie Lawler||TKO (knee and punches)||UFC 157||February 23, 2013||1||3:57||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Loss||17–6||Johny Hendricks||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller||May 5, 2012||3||5:00||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||17–5||Mike Pierce||Decision (split)||UFC 143||February 4, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–5||Matt Hughes||KO (punches)||UFC 135||September 24, 2011||1||4:59||Denver, Colorado, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Loss||15–5||Georges St-Pierre||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 124||December 11, 2010||5||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||For the UFC Welterweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||15–4||Paul Daley||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 113||May 8, 2010||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||UFC Welterweight title eliminator.|
|Win||14–4||Anthony Johnson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 106||November 21, 2009||2||4:47||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||13–4||Frank Trigg||KO (punches)||UFC 103||September 19, 2009||1||1:25||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Loss||12–4||Paulo Thiago||KO (punches)||UFC 95||February 21, 2009||1||3:29||London, England|
|Win||12–3||Yoshiyuki Yoshida||KO (punch)||UFC: Fight for the Troops||December 10, 2008||1||2:15||Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Loss||11–3||Thiago Alves||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 90||October 25, 2008||3||5:00||Rosemont, Illinois, United States|
|Win||11–2||Chris Lytle||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 86||July 5, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–2||Dustin Hazelett||TKO (head kick and punches)||UFC 82||March 1, 2008||2||1:24||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||9–2||Georges St-Pierre||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 74||August 25, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–1||Diego Sanchez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 69||April 7, 2007||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||8–1||Jeff Joslin||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs. Riggs||December 13, 2006||3||5:00||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||7–1||Jonathan Goulet||Submission (punches)||UFC Fight Night 6||August 17, 2006||1||4:10||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–1||Dave Menne||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 5||June 28, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–1||Ansar Chalangov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night 4||April 6, 2006||1||3:29||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||4–1||Drew Fickett||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 2||October 3, 2005||3||4:38||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4–0||Pete Spratt||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night||August 6, 2005||1||1:53||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||3–0||Chris Sanford||KO (punch)||The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale||April 9, 2005||1||4:21||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Middleweight bout.|
|Win||2–0||Luke Cummo||Decision (unanimous)||Ring of Combat 6||April 24, 2004||3||5:00||Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1–0||Cruz Chacon||Submission (neck crank)||King of the Rockies||January 3, 2004||3||2:57||Fort Collins, Colorado, United States|
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